Calls to improve Job Centre Plus

Today the work and pensions committee urged the government to provide incentives for Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to get people into work.

In response Richard Hawkes chief executive of the disability charity Scope said:

"We welcome this report and the Committee’s focus on how we make the back-to-work system work for disabled people

“Disabled people are pushing hard to find jobs and get on in the workplace. Nine in 10 disabled people work or have worked. Yet only about 50% of disabled people have a job right now.

"They face massive challenges when it comes to finding and staying in work.

"The support disabled people get in job centres should a crucial part of the back-to-work process.

“We’d like to see the Government act on the report’s recommendations, and introduce more disability employment advisers and face-to-face assessments at an early stage of unemployment.

“We need to make sure disabled people get the specialist, tailored and flexible support they need to find and keep a job.

"It’s crucial that as the economy picks up disabled people are not left behind. We've got to start by supporting more disabled people to find and stay in work."

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Warren Kirwan in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200 or email warren.kirwan@scope.org.uk 

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